English Atheists

English atheists

  • Aaron Stainthorpe Aaron Stainthorpe
    Aaron Stainthorpe is the vocalist for doom metal band My Dying Bride. He was born in England but moved to Germany when he was six months old, because his British army officer father was stationed in the country. He currently lives in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He has a baritone vocal range.
  • A. C. Grayling A. C. Grayling
    Anthony Clifford Grayling, usually known as A. C. Grayling, is a British philosopher and author. He was born in Northern Rhodesia and spent most of his childhood there and in Malawi.
  • Adrian Wooldridge
    Adrian Wooldridge is the Management Editor and 'Schumpeter' columnist for The Economist magazine. Until July 2009 he was The Economist's Washington Bureau Chief and 'Lexington' columnist.
  • A. E. Housman A. E. Housman
    Alfred Edward Housman, usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad.
  • A. J. Ayer A. J. Ayer
    Sir Alfred Jules "Freddie" Ayer, FBA, usually cited as A. J. Ayer, was a British philosopher known for his promotion of logical positivism, particularly in his books Language, Truth, and Logic and The Problem of Knowledge.
  • Alain de Botton Alain de Botton
    Alain de Botton, FRSL is a Swiss-born British author. His books discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy's relevance to everyday life. He published Essays in Love, which went on to sell two million copies.
  • Alan Davies Alan Davies
    Alan Roger Davies is an English stand-up comedian, writer and actor. He has played the title role in the BBC mystery drama series Jonathan Creek since 1997.
  • Alan Johnson Alan Johnson
    Alan Arthur Johnson, is a British Labour Party politician who served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010. Before that, he filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in both the Blair and Brown governments, including Health Secretary and Education Secretary.
  • Alan Scarfe Alan Scarfe
    Alan John Scarfe is a Canadian actor, stage director and author. He is a former Associate Director of the Stratford Festival and the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.
  • Alan Sugar Alan Sugar
    Alan Michael Sugar, Baron Sugar, is a British business magnate. He is also a media personality, politician and political adviser. According to the Sunday Times Rich List, Sugar became a billionaire in 2015.
  • Alan Turing Alan Turing
    Alan Mathison Turing was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist.
  • Alastair Campbell Alastair Campbell
    Alastair John Campbell is a British journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author, best known for his work as Tony Blair's spokesman and campaign director, followed by Downing Street Press Secretary, for Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair.
  • Alex Cox Alex Cox
    Alexander "Alex" Cox is a British film director, screenwriter, nonfiction author, broadcaster and sometime actor, notable for his idiosyncratic style and approach to scripts.
  • Alf Dubs, Baron Dubs
    Alfred "Alf" Dubs, Baron Dubs is a British Labour politician and former Member of Parliament.
  • Alfred Radcliffe-Brown Alfred Radcliffe-Brown
    Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown, FBA was an English social anthropologist who developed the theory of structural functionalism and coadaptation.
  • Alice Roberts Alice Roberts
    Alice May Roberts is an English anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, physical anthropologist, palaeopathologist, television presenter and author. She is Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham.
  • Amanda Donohoe
    Amanda Donohoe is an English actress. She had a four-year relationship with popstar Adam Ant and appeared in the music videos for the Adam and the Ants singles "Antmusic" and "Stand and Deliver".
  • Andrew Copson Andrew Copson
    Andrew James William Copson, FRSA, FCMI, MCIPR is Chief Executive of Humanists UK, a position he has held since January 2010, and former Director of Education and Public Affairs at the BHA from 2005 to 2010.
  • Andy Partridge Andy Partridge
    Andrew John "Andy" Partridge is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was a founding member, guitarist and chief songwriter of the rock band XTC. He lives in Swindon, Wiltshire, where he was brought up.
  • Andy Serkis Andy Serkis
    Andrew Clement Serkis is an English film actor and director.
  • Angela Barnes Angela Barnes
    Angela Barnes is a BBC New Comedy Awards winning English comedian and an enthusiastic listener to BBC Radio 4, in particular the programme The News Quiz. One of the regular performers on the show – the late Linda Smith – is her comedy hero.
  • Anna Richardson Anna Richardson
    Anna Clare Richardson is an English presenter, television producer, writer and journalist.
  • Ariane Sherine Ariane Sherine
    Ariane Sherine is a British amateur musical stand-up comedian, comedy writer and journalist. She created the Atheist Bus Campaign, which ran in 13 countries during January 2009.
  • Arnold Wolfendale Arnold Wolfendale
    Sir Arnold Whittaker Wolfendale FRS is a British astronomer who served as Astronomer Royal from 1991 to 1995. He is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physics at Durham University and served as president of the European Physical Society.
  • Aroup Chatterjee
    Aroup Chatterjee is a British Indian author and physician. He was born in Kolkata, India, and moved to the United Kingdom in 1985.
  • Arthur C. Clarke Arthur C. Clarke
    Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.
  • Arthur Hailey Arthur Hailey
    Arthur Hailey was a British-Canadian novelist whose plot-driven storylines were set against the backdrops of various industries.
  • Arthur Tansley
    Sir Arthur George Tansley FLS, FRS was an English botanist and a pioneer in the science of ecology.
  • Augustus De Morgan Augustus De Morgan
    Augustus De Morgan was a British mathematician and logician. He formulated De Morgan's laws and introduced the term mathematical induction, making its idea rigorous.
  • Barbara Smoker Barbara Smoker
    Barbara Smoker is a British Humanist activist and freethought advocate. She is also a former President of the National Secular Society, former Chair of the British Voluntary Euthanasia Society and was an Honorary Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association in the United Kingdom.
  • Barney Greenway Barney Greenway
    Mark Andrew "Barney" Greenway is a British extreme metal vocalist, who has been a member of Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, and Benediction.
  • Ben Elton Ben Elton
    Benjamin Charles Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on series such as The Young Ones and Blackadder, as well as continuing as a stand-up comedian on stage and television.
  • Bernard Williams Bernard Williams
    Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams, FBA was an English moral philosopher. His publications include Problems of the Self, Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy, Shame and Necessity, and Truth and Truthfulness. He was knighted in 1999.
  • Bessie Braddock Bessie Braddock
    Elizabeth Margaret Braddock was a British Labour Party politician who served as Member of Parliament for the Liverpool Exchange division from 1945 to 1970. She was a member of Liverpool County Borough Council from 1930 to 1961.
  • Bill Bailey Bill Bailey
    Mark Robert "Bill" Bailey is an English comedian, musician, actor, TV and radio presenter and author. Bailey is well known for his role in Black Books and for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You, and QI as well as his extensive stand-up work.
  • Bill Thompson (technology writer) Bill Thompson (technology writer)
    William George "Bill" Thompson is an English technology writer, best known for his weekly column in the Technology section of BBC News Online and his appearances on Click, a radio show on the BBC World Service.
  • Bob Hoskins Bob Hoskins
    Robert William "Bob" Hoskins was an English actor & director.
  • Bob Woolmer Bob Woolmer
    Robert Andrew Woolmer was an international cricketer, professional cricket coach and also a professional commentator. He played in 19 Test matches and 6 One Day Internationals for England and later coached South Africa, Warwickshire and Pakistan.
  • Brendan O'Neill (journalist)
    Brendan O'Neill is the editor of Spiked Online and a columnist for The Australian and The Big Issue.
  • Brian Cox (physicist) Brian Cox (physicist)
    Brian Edward Cox is an English physicist who serves as professor of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. He is best known to the public as the presenter of science programmes, especially the Wonders of...
  • Brian Eno Brian Eno
    Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist. He is best known for his pioneering work in rock, ambient, pop, and electronic music.
  • Brian Johnson Brian Johnson
    Brian Francis Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. In 1980, he became the third lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, after the death of their second and most notable lead singer Bon Scott. He and the rest of the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
  • Brian Sedgemore
    Brian Charles John Sedgemore was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom; he was a Member of Parliament from 1974 until 1979, and from 1983 until 2005. A left-winger, he defected to the Liberal Democrats shortly before he stood down at the 2005 general election.
  • Brigid Brophy
    Brigid Antonia Brophy, Lady Levey was a British novelist, critic and campaigner for social reforms, including the rights of authors and animal rights. Among her novels was Hackenfeller's Ape; among her critical studies were Mozart the Dramatist and Prancing Novelist: A Defence of Fiction...
  • Brigid Hogan
    Brigid L. M. Hogan FRS is a British developmental biologist noted for her contributions to stem cell research and transgenic technology and techniques.
  • Bryan Robertson Bryan Robertson
    Bryan Robertson OBE was an English curator and arts manager described by Studio International as "the greatest Director the Tate Gallery never had".
  • Carl Benjamin
    Carl Benjamin, also known by his pseudonym Sargon of Akkad, is an English YouTube commentator. Benjamin's alias is taken from the first ruler of the Akkadian Empire, Sargon of Akkad.
  • Chapman Cohen
    Chapman Cohen was a leading English freethinker and a secularist and atheist writer and lecturer.
  • Charles Bradlaugh Charles Bradlaugh
    Charles Bradlaugh was an English political activist and atheist. He founded the National Secular Society in 1866.
  • Charlie Brooker Charlie Brooker
    Charlton Brooker is an English satirist, broadcaster and writer. He is the creator of the anthology series Black Mirror.
  • China Miéville China Miéville
    China Tom Miéville is an English fantasy fiction author, comic writer, political activist and academic. He often describes his work as weird fiction and allied to the loosely associated movement of writers sometimes called New Weird.
  • Chris Higgins (academic) Chris Higgins (academic)
    Christopher Francis Higgins is a British molecular biologist, geneticist, academic and scientific advisor. He was the Vice-Chancellor of Durham University from 2007 to 2014. He took early retirement on 30 September 2014, following a discussion at Senate on limiting the powers of the Vice Chancellor.
  • Christian Jessen Christian Jessen
    Christian Spencer Jessen is a British doctor, television presenter and writer, best known for presenting Channel 4 programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize vs Superskinny.
  • Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens
    Christopher Eric Hitchens was an author, columnist, essayist, orator, religious and literary critic, social critic, and journalist. Hitchens was the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of over 30 books, including five collections of essays, on politics, literature and religion.
  • Christopher Ricks
    Sir Christopher Bruce Ricks, FBA is a British literary critic and scholar.
  • Christopher Robin Milne Christopher Robin Milne
    Christopher Robin Milne was the son of author A. A. Milne. As a child, he was the basis of the character Christopher Robin in his father's Winnie-the-Pooh stories and in two books of poems.
  • Clive Lewis (politician)
    Clive Anthony Lewis is a British Labour politician who has been the member of parliament for Norwich South since winning the seat at the 2015 general election from the sitting Liberal Democrat Simon Wright.
  • Clive Sinclair Clive Sinclair
    Sir Clive Marles Sinclair is an English entrepreneur and inventor, most commonly known for his work in consumer electronics in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Colin Blakemore Colin Blakemore
    Sir Colin Brian Blakemore, is a British neurobiologist, specialising in vision and the development of the brain, who is Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy in the School of Advanced Study, University of London and Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford.
  • Colin Dexter
    Norman Colin Dexter, OBE was an English crime writer known for his Inspector Morse series of novels, which were written between 1975 and 1999 and adapted as an ITV television series, Inspector Morse, from 1987 to 2000.
  • Constance Garnett
    Constance Clara Garnett was an English translator of nineteenth-century Russian literature. Garnett was one of the first English translators of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Anton Chekhov and introduced them on a wide basis to the English-speaking public.
  • Daniel Craig Daniel Craig
    Daniel Wroughton Craig is an English actor. He trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage. His film debut was in the drama The Power of One.
  • Daniel Radcliffe Daniel Radcliffe
    Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor best known for his role as Harry Potter in the film series of the same name. He made his acting debut at 10 years of age in BBC One's 1999 television film David Copperfield, followed by his cinematic debut in 2001's The Tailor of Panama.
  • Daniel Trilling
    Daniel Trilling is a British journalist, editor and author. He is the editor of New Humanist magazine, a role he started in September 2013. He has written about nationalism and is the author of Bloody Nasty People: the rise of Britain's far right.
  • Danny Boyle Danny Boyle
    Danny Boyle is an English director, producer, screenwriter and theatre director, known for his work on films including Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, and Steve Jobs.
  • Dan Snow
    Daniel Robert "Dan" Snow is a British television presenter, who presents history programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters and has a history slot on The One Show.
  • Dave Godin
    David Edward Godin was an English fan of American soul music, who made a major contribution internationally in spreading awareness and understanding of the genre, and by extension African-American culture.
  • Dave Gorman Dave Gorman
    David James "Dave" Gorman is an English comedian, author, and television presenter.
  • David Aaronovitch David Aaronovitch
    David Morris Aaronovitch is a British journalist, broadcaster, and author.
  • David Baddiel David Baddiel
    David Lionel Baddiel is a British comedian, novelist and television presenter. He is known for his work alongside Rob Newman in The Mary Whitehouse Experience and partnership with Frank Skinner.
  • David Gilmour David Gilmour
    David Jon Gilmour, is an English guitarist, singer and songwriter best known as a longtime member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd.
  • David Miliband David Miliband
    David Wright Miliband is a British Labour Party politician, charity chief executive and public policy analyst who was the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010 and the Member of Parliament for South Shields from 2001 to 2013.
  • David Starkey David Starkey
    David Robert Starkey CBE FSA RHistS is an English constitutional historian and a radio and television presenter.
  • David Webb (anti-censorship campaigner)
    David Alec Webb was a British actor and anti-censorship campaigner.
  • Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner
    Dennis Edward Skinner is a British Labour politician who has been Member of Parliament for Bolsover since 1970. He was Chairman of the Labour Party for one year from 1988–89 and served as a member of Labour's National Executive Committee, with brief breaks, for thirty years.
  • Dennis W. Sciama
    Dennis William Siahou Sciama, FRS was a British physicist who, through his own work and that of his students, played a major role in developing British physics after the Second World War. He is considered one of the fathers of modern cosmology.
  • Derek Jarman Derek Jarman
    Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author.
  • Derek J. de Solla Price Derek J. de Solla Price
    Derek John de Solla Price was a physicist, historian of science, and information scientist, credited as the father of scientometrics.
  • Derek Raymond
    Robert William Arthur Cook, better known since the 1980s by his pen name Derek Raymond, was an English crime writer, credited with being a founder of British noir.
  • Derren Brown Derren Brown
    Derren Brown is an English mentalist and illusionist. Since his television debut with Derren Brown: Mind Control in 2000, he has produced several other shows both for the stage, and for television in both series and specials. He has also written books for magicians as well as the general public.
  • Diana Wynne Jones Diana Wynne Jones
    Diana Wynne Jones was a British writer, principally of fantasy novels for children and adults.
  • Dilly Knox
    Alfred Dillwyn "Dilly" Knox, CMG was a British classics scholar and papyrologist at King's College, Cambridge and a codebreaker.
  • Dominic Monaghan Dominic Monaghan
    Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan is a German-born English actor.
  • Doug Bradley Doug Bradley
    Douglas William "Doug" Bradley is an English actor, best known for his role as the Lead Cenobite "Pinhead" in the Hellraiser film series.
  • Douglas Adams Douglas Adams
    Douglas Noel Adams was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist.
  • Douglas Murray (author)
    Douglas Kear Murray is a British author, journalist, and political commentator. He is the founder of the Centre for Social Cohesion and is currently the associate director of the Henry Jackson Society and associate editor of The Spectator.
  • Eddie Izzard Eddie Izzard
    Edward John "Eddie" Izzard is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer and political activist. His comedic style takes the form of rambling, whimsical monologue, and self-referential pantomime.
  • Ed Miliband Ed Miliband
    Edward Samuel Miliband, is a British politician who was Leader of the Labour Party as well as Leader of the Opposition between 2010 and 2015.
  • Edmund Cooper Edmund Cooper
    Edmund Cooper was an English poet and prolific writer of speculative fiction, romances, technical essays, several detective stories, and a children's book. These were published under his own name and several pen names.
  • Edward Battersby Bailey
    Sir Edward Battersby Bailey FRS FRSE MC CB LLD was an English geologist.
  • Edward R. Pease Edward R. Pease
    Edward Reynolds Pease was an English writer and a founding member of the Fabian Society.
  • Edward Thomas Hall Edward Thomas Hall
    Edward Thomas Hall CBE, Hon. FBA, FSA, D.Phil was a British scientist and balloonist who is best remembered for exposing the Piltdown Man as a fraud.
  • Elsa Lanchester Elsa Lanchester
    Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was a British-born American actress with a long career in theatre, film and television.
  • Eric Idle Eric Idle
    Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of The Rutles and the author of the Broadway musical Spamalot.
  • Erika Cheetham
    Erika Cheetham was an English writer, best known for her controversial interpretations of Nostradamus' writings.
  • Ernest Belfort Bax Ernest Belfort Bax
    Ernest Belfort Bax was an English barrister, journalist, philosopher, men's rights advocate, socialist, and historian.
  • Ethel Venton
    Ethel Venton was an English secularist, Labour Party councillor and animal welfare activist. She was the first female president of the National Secular Society, from 1971–1972, having previously served as a vice-president.
  • Fiona Millar
    Fiona Millar is a British journalist and campaigner on education and parenting issues. She is a former adviser to Cherie Blair. She contributes to Education Guardian and the Local Schools Network website.
  • Fiona Pitt-Kethley
    Fiona Pitt-Kethley is a British poet, novelist, travel writer and journalist. She lived for many years in Hastings, East Sussex, and moved to Spain in 2002 with her husband, former British chess champion James Plaskett and their son, Alexander.
  • Francesca Stavrakopoulou
    Francesca Stavrakopoulou is a British theologian and broadcaster. She is currently Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter and Head of its Department of Theology and Religion.
  • Frances Partridge Frances Partridge
    Frances Catherine Partridge CBE was an English writer. A long-lived member of the Bloomsbury Group, she is probably best known for the publication of her diaries. She married Ralph Partridge in 1933. The couple had one son, Burgo Partridge.
  • Francis Bacon (artist)
    Francis Bacon was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, grotesque, emotionally charged, raw imagery. He is best known for his depictions of popes, crucifixions and portraits of close friends.
  • Francis Wheen
    Francis James Baird Wheen is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster.
  • Frank P. Ramsey Frank P. Ramsey
    Frank Plumpton Ramsey was a British philosopher, mathematician and economist who died at the age of 26.
  • Frank Pullen Frank Pullen
    Francis Henry "Frank" Pullen was an English businessperson and racehorse owner.
  • Frank Turner Frank Turner
    Francis Edward "Frank" Turner is an English folk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke, Hampshire. He began his career as the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, then embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band's split in 2005.
  • Frank Whittle Frank Whittle
    Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle was an English Royal Air Force engineer air officer. He is credited with single-handedly inventing the turbojet engine. A patent was submitted by Maxime Guillaume in 1921 for a similar invention; however, this was technically unfeasible at the time.
  • Frederick Delius Frederick Delius
    Frederick Theodore Albert Delius, CH was an English composer. Born in the north of England to a prosperous mercantile family, he resisted attempts to recruit him to commerce. He was sent to Florida in the United States in 1884 to manage an orange plantation.
  • Fred Hoyle Fred Hoyle
    Sir Fred Hoyle FRS was an English astronomer who formulated the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis.
  • Gary Kemp Gary Kemp
    Gary James Kemp is a British pop musician and actor who is the guitar player and chief songwriter for the 1980s new wave band Spandau Ballet. His brother, Martin Kemp, plays bass guitar in the band. Gary Kemp also provided backing vocals on many of the tracks to lead singer Tony Hadley.
  • Gary Numan Gary Numan
    Gary Anthony James Webb, known professionally as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter, composer, musician and record producer. Born in Hammersmith, West London, he first entered the music industry as lead singer of the new wave band Tubeway Army.
  • Geoff Lloyd Geoff Lloyd
    Geoff Lloyd is a British radio presenter, television host and writer, best known for his talk radio and music shows. From 2008 until April 12, 2017, he presented Geoff Lloyd with Annabel Port on Absolute Radio.
  • Geoffrey Pyke Geoffrey Pyke
    Geoffrey Nathaniel Joseph Pyke was an English journalist, educationalist, and later an inventor whose clever, but, ideas could be difficult to implement. In lifestyle and appearance, he fitted the common stereotype of a scientist-engineer-inventor or in British slang, a "boffin".
  • Geoffrey Raisman
    Professor Geoffrey Raisman FRS was a British neuroscientist.
  • George Albert Wells George Albert Wells
    George Albert Wells, usually known as G. A. Wells, was a Professor of German at Birkbeck, University of London.
  • George William Foote
    George William Foote was an English secularist and journal editor.
  • Gerald Scarfe Gerald Scarfe
    Gerald Anthony Scarfe, CBE, RDI is an English cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked as editorial cartoonist for The Sunday Times and illustrator for The New Yorker.
  • G. H. Hardy G. H. Hardy
    Godfrey Harold "G. H." Hardy FRS was an English mathematician, known for his achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis.
  • Graham Ryder
    Graham Ryder was an English geologist and lunar scientist.
  • Gregory Bateson Gregory Bateson
    Gregory Bateson was an English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, visual anthropologist, semiotician, and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields. In the 1940s he helped extend systems theory and cybernetics to the social and behavioral sciences.
  • G. W. Steevens
    George Warrington Steevens, usually credited as G.W. Steevens, was a British journalist and writer.
  • Harold Laski Harold Laski
    Harold Joseph Laski was a British political theorist, economist, author, and lecturer. He was active in politics and served as the chairman of the British Labour Party during 1945–1946, and was a professor at the London School of Economics from 1926 to 1950.
  • Harold Pinter Harold Pinter
    Harold Pinter was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years.
  • Harriet Law
    Harriet Teresa Law was a leading British freethinker in 19th-century London.
  • Harriet Martineau Harriet Martineau
    Harriet Martineau was a British social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist.
  • Harry Kroto Harry Kroto
    Sir Harold Walter Kroto, FRS, known as Harry Kroto, was an English chemist. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for their discovery of fullerenes. He is the recipient of many other honors and awards.
  • H. Christopher Longuet-Higgins
    Christopher Longuet-Higgins FRS was both a theoretical chemist and a cognitive scientist.
  • Helen Mirren Helen Mirren
    Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, is an English actor.
  • Helen Zaltzman Helen Zaltzman
    Helen Zaltzman is an English podcaster, broadcaster and writer. She is best known for her work with longtime collaborator Olly Mann with whom she presents the comedy podcast Answer Me This! Zaltzman began the weekly comedy podcast Answer Me This! with Mann in 2007.
  • Henry Stephens Salt
    Henry Stephens Salt was an English writer and campaigner for social reform in the fields of prisons, schools, economic institutions, and the treatment of animals.
  • Hiram Maxim Hiram Maxim
    Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim was an American-born British inventor who moved from the United States to the United Kingdom at the age of 41. He remained an American citizen until he became a naturalised British subject in 1900.
  • Hugh Laurie Hugh Laurie
    James Hugh Calum Laurie, is an English actor, director, musician, singer, comedian, and author.
  • Hugh S. R. Elliot
    Hugh Samuel Roger Elliot, best known as Hugh S. R. Elliot was an English science writer.
  • Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner
    Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner was a British peace activist, author, atheist and freethinker, and the daughter of Charles Bradlaugh.
  • Ian McEwan Ian McEwan
    Ian Russell McEwan is an English novelist and screenwriter. In 2008, The Times featured him on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945", and also in 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked him number 19 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".
  • Ian McKellen Ian McKellen
    Sir Ian Murray McKellen, is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics' Choice Awards.
  • Ian Wilmut
    Sir Ian Wilmut, OBE FRS FMedSci FRSE is a British embryologist and Chair of the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Ivor Maxse Ivor Maxse
    General Sir Ivor Maxse was a senior British Army officer who fought during the First World War, best known for his innovative and effective training methods.
  • Ivy Compton-Burnett Ivy Compton-Burnett
    Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, DBE was an English novelist, published in the original editions as I. Compton-Burnett. She was awarded the 1955 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her novel Mother and Son.
  • Jack Dormand
    John Donkin Dormand, Baron Dormand of Easington, known as Jack Dormand, was a British educationist and Labour Party politician from the coal mining area of Easington in County Durham, in the north-east of England.
  • Jack Suchet
    Jack Suchet was a South African-born English consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, who carried out research on the use of penicillin in the treatment of venereal disease with Sir Alexander Fleming in London. He was the father of newsreader John Suchet and actor David Suchet.
  • James Arbuthnot James Arbuthnot
    James Norwich Arbuthnot, Baron Arbuthnot of Edrom, PC is a British Conservative Party politician. He was returned as Member of Parliament for Wanstead and Woodford from 1987 to 1997, and then MP for North East Hampshire from 1997 to 2015.
  • James Callaghan James Callaghan
    Leonard James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, often known as Jim Callaghan, was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1980.
  • James Chadwick James Chadwick
    Sir James Chadwick, was an English physicist who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron in 1932. In 1941, he wrote the final draft of the MAUD Report, which inspired the U.S. government to begin serious atomic bomb research efforts.
  • James Mirrlees
    Sir James Alexander Mirrlees is a Scottish economist and winner of the 1996 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He was knighted in 1998.
  • James Moran (writer) James Moran (writer)
    James Moran is a British screenwriter for television and film, who wrote the horror-comedy Severance. He works in the horror, comedy, science-fiction, historical fiction and spy thriller genres.
  • James Strachey James Strachey
    James Beaumont Strachey was a British psychoanalyst, and, with his wife Alix, a translator of Sigmund Freud into English. He is perhaps best known as the general editor of The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud... the international authority".
  • Jane Ellen Harrison Jane Ellen Harrison
    Jane Ellen Harrison was a British classical scholar, linguist. Harrison is one of the founders, with Karl Kerenyi and Walter Burkert, of modern studies in Ancient Greek religion and mythology.
  • Jason Barnard
    Jason Barnard is a Search engine marketing consultant, musician, cartoon-maker, and voice actor. A consultant, he also plays double bass with Barcoustic.
  • Jay Kay Jay Kay
    Jay Kay is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to international fame as one of the founding members of the acid jazz band Jamiroquai.
  • J. B. S. Haldane J. B. S. Haldane
    John Burdon Sanderson Haldane was a British-born scientist known for his work in the study of physiology, genetics, evolutionary biology, and in mathematics, where he made innovative contributions to the fields of statistics and biostatistics.
  • Jeremy Allison Jeremy Allison
    Jeremy Allison is a computer programmer known for his contributions to the free software community, notably to Samba, a re-implementation of SMB/CIFS networking protocol, released under the GNU General Public License.
  • Jeremy Bentham Jeremy Bentham
    Jeremy Bentham was an English philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism.
  • Jeremy Hardy Jeremy Hardy
    Jeremy James Hardy is an English comedian.
  • Jessica Mitford
    Jessica Lucy 'Decca' Freeman-Mitford was an English author, journalist, civil rights activist and political campaigner, and was one of the Mitford sisters.
  • J. G. Ballard J. G. Ballard
    James Graham Ballard was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist.
  • Jim Al-Khalili Jim Al-Khalili
    Jameel Sadik "Jim" Al-Khalili OBE is a British Iraqi theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster. He is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey.
  • Jim Broadbent Jim Broadbent
    James Broadbent is an English actor.
  • Jim Herrick
    Jim Herrick is a British Humanist and secularist. He studied history and English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge University, and then worked as a school teacher for seven years. He has written or edited several books on humanism or the history of freethought.
  • Joan Smith Joan Smith
    Joan Alison Smith is an English journalist, novelist, and human rights activist, who is a former chair of the Writers in Prison committee in the English section of International PEN and was the Executive Director of Hacked Off.
  • Joe Simpson (mountaineer) Joe Simpson (mountaineer)
    Joe Simpson is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. He is best known for his book Touching the Void and the 2003 film adaptation of his book.
  • John Baskerville John Baskerville
    John Baskerville was an English businessman, in areas including japanning and papier-mâché, but he is best remembered as a printer and type designer.
  • John Beaman John Beaman
    John Richard Beaman was formerly one of the ten States of Alderney Members and became the Chairman of the influential Policy and Finance Committee in January 2011. Prior to this, he was the Island's Representative for Tourism.
  • John Bercow John Bercow
    John Simon Bercow, is a British politician who has been the Speaker of the House of Commons since June 2009. Prior to his election to Speaker, he was a member of the Conservative Party.
  • John Fowles John Fowles
    John Robert Fowles was an English novelist of international stature, critically positioned between modernism and postmodernism. His work reflects the influence of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, among others.
  • John Horton Conway John Horton Conway
    John Horton Conway FRS is an English mathematician active in the theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, combinatorial game theory and coding theory.
  • John Hughlings Jackson John Hughlings Jackson
    John Hughlings Jackson, FRS was an English neurologist. He is best known for his research on epilepsy.
  • John Maynard Keynes John Maynard Keynes
    John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, was a British economist whose ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments.
  • John Maynard Smith John Maynard Smith
    John Maynard Smith was a British theoretical evolutionary biologist and geneticist. Originally an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War, he took a second degree in genetics under the well-known biologist J. B. S. Haldane.
  • John Mortimer
    Sir John Clifford Mortimer, CBE, QC was an English barrister, dramatist, screenwriter, and author.
  • John Squire John Squire
    Jonathan Thomas Squire is an English musician, songwriter and artist.
  • John Sulston John Sulston
    Sir John Edward Sulston, is a British biologist and academic. For his work on the cell lineage and genome of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, he was jointly awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sydney Brenner and Robert Horvitz.
  • Jonathan Coe Jonathan Coe
    Jonathan Coe is an English novelist and writer. His work has an underlying preoccupation with political issues, although this serious engagement is often expressed comically in the form of satire. For example, What a Carve Up! reworks the plot of an old 1960s spoof horror film of the same name.
  • Jonathan Edwards (triple jumper)
    Jonathan David Edwards, is a British former triple jumper. He is an Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion, and has held the world record in the event since 1995.
  • Jonathan Miller Jonathan Miller
    Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller, CBE is an English theatre and opera director, actor, author, television presenter, humourist, and medical doctor.
  • Joseph Gutteridge Joseph Gutteridge
    Joseph Gutteridge was an English silk weaver and naturalist.
  • Joseph McCabe Joseph McCabe
    Joseph Martin McCabe was an English writer and speaker on freethought, after having been a Roman Catholic priest earlier in his life. A staunch critic of the Catholic Church, McCabe joined groups such as the Rationalist Association and the National Secular Society.
  • Joseph Ritson Joseph Ritson
    Joseph Ritson was an English antiquary.
  • Josie Long Josie Long
    Josie Long is a British comedian. She started performing as a stand-up at the age of 14 and won the BBC New Comedy Awards at 17. In 2006, she won the If.comeddies Best Newcomer award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for her show Kindness and Exuberance.
  • Julia Hartley-Brewer
    Julia Hartley-Brewer is an English broadcaster and columnist. She has been presenting the weekday morning radio show from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on talk radio station talkRADIO since 21 March 2016.
  • Julian Baggini Julian Baggini
    Julian Baggini is a British philosopher, and the author of several books about philosophy written for a general audience. He is co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine.
  • Julian Huxley Julian Huxley
    Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS was a British evolutionary biologist, eugenicist, and internationalist. He was a proponent of natural selection, and a leading figure in the mid-twentieth century modern synthesis.
  • Juliet Stevenson Juliet Stevenson
    Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson, CBE is an English actor of stage and screen. She is known for her role in the film Truly, Madly, Deeply, for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
  • Karl Pearson Karl Pearson
    Karl Pearson FRS was an influential English mathematician and biostatistician. He has been credited with establishing the discipline of mathematical statistics.
  • Keira Knightley Keira Knightley
    Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress. She began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995. After having worked in supporting roles in various films, Knightley gained recognition with the comedy-drama Bend It Like Beckham in 2002.
  • Keith Porteous Wood Keith Porteous Wood
    Keith Porteous Wood is the Executive Director, formerly General Secretary, of the National Secular Society in the United Kingdom, a position he has held since 1996.
  • Ken Livingstone Ken Livingstone
    Kenneth Robert Livingstone is an English politician who served as the Leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 until the council was abolished in 1986, and as Mayor of London from the creation of the office in 2000 until 2008.
  • Labi Siffre Labi Siffre
    Labi Siffre birth name Claudius Afolabi Siffre; is a British singer, songwriter, musician and poet. Siffre released six albums between 1970 and 1975, and four between 1988 and 1998.
  • Lancelot Hogben Lancelot Hogben
    Lancelot Thomas Hogben FRS FRSE was a British experimental zoologist and medical statistician.
  • Laurie Penny
    Laurie Penny is an English feminist columnist and author. She has contributed articles to publications such as The Guardian and the New Statesman, and has written two books on feminism.
  • Laurie Taylor (sociologist)
    Laurence John "Laurie" Taylor is an English sociologist and radio presenter originally from Liverpool.
  • Leo Blair
    Leo Charles Lynton Blair was a British barrister and law lecturer at Durham University. He was the author of the book The Commonwealth Public Service. He was the father of Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and of Sir William Blair, a High Court judge.
  • Lewis Wolpert Lewis Wolpert
    Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS FRSL FMedSci is South African-born British developmental biologist, author, and broadcaster. Wolpert is recognized for his work on the intracellular positional information that guides cellular development. In addition, he has published several popular science books.
  • Liam Gallagher Liam Gallagher
    William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Oasis, and later as the singer of Beady Eye, before performing as a solo artist after the dissolution of both previous bands.
  • Linda Smith (comedian)
    Linda Helen Smith was an English comedian and comedy writer. She appeared regularly on Radio 4 panel games, and was voted "Wittiest Living Person" by listeners in 2002. She met her partner, Warren Lakin, at university, and they were together for nearly 30 years until her death.
  • Louis Theroux Louis Theroux
    Louis Sebastian Theroux is an English documentary filmmaker and broadcaster who holds dual British and American citizenship.
  • Mackenzie Crook Mackenzie Crook
    Paul James "Mackenzie" Crook is an English actor, director, comedian and BAFTA-winning writer. He is best known for playing Gareth Keenan in The Office, Ragetti in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and Orell in the HBO series Game of Thrones, and is the creator and star of BBC Four's Detectorists.
  • Malcolm Hardee Malcolm Hardee
    Malcolm Hardee was an English comedian, author, comedy club proprietor, compère, agent, manager and "amateur sensationalist".
  • Marc Sinden Marc Sinden
    Marc Sinden is an English film director, actor and theatre producer.
  • Marcus Brigstocke Marcus Brigstocke
    Marcus Alexander Brigstocke also known by the stage names Montague "Monty" Forest and Philippe Lavavaseur is an English comedian, actor and satirist who also holds French citizenship. He has worked extensively in stand-up comedy, television, radio and in 2010-2011 musical theatre.
  • Marcus du Sautoy Marcus du Sautoy
    Marcus Peter Francis du Sautoy, is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Formerly a Fellow of All Souls College, and Wadham College, he is now a Fellow of New College.
  • Marghanita Laski Marghanita Laski
    Marghanita Laski was an English journalist, radio panellist and novelist; she also wrote literary biography, plays and short stories.
  • Mark Gatiss Mark Gatiss
    Mark Gatiss is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. His work includes writing for and acting in the TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock. Together with Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson, he is a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen.
  • Mark Haddon Mark Haddon
    Mark Haddon is an English novelist, best known for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He won the Whitbread Award, Guardian Prize, and a Commonwealth Writers Prize for his work.
  • Mark Steel Mark Steel
    Mark Steel is an English comedian, broadcaster, newspaper columnist and author. A stand-up comedian known for his left-wing beliefs he has made many appearances on radio and television shows as a guest panellist, and has written regular columns in The Guardian and The Independent.
  • Mark Thomas Mark Thomas
    Mark Clifford Thomas is an English comedian, presenter, political satirist and journalist from south London. He first became known as a guest comic on the BBC Radio 1 comedy show The Mary Whitehouse Experience in the late 1980s.
  • Martin Folkes Martin Folkes
    Martin Folkes, was an English antiquary, numismatist, mathematician, and astronomer.
  • Martin Rees
    Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2012 and President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010.
  • Martin Rowson
    Martin Rowson is a British editorial cartoonist and writer. His genre is political satire and his style is scathing and graphic. He characterizes his work as "visual journalism". His cartoons appear frequently in The Guardian and the Daily Mirror.
  • Marty Feldman Marty Feldman
    Martin Alan "Marty" Feldman was a British comedy writer, comedian, and actor, known for his prominent, misaligned eyes. He starred in several British television comedy series, including At Last the 1948 Show and Marty, the latter of which won two BAFTA awards.
  • Mary Adams (broadcaster)
    Mary Grace Agnes Adams, was an English television producer, programme director and administrator who worked for the BBC. She was instrumental in setting up the BBC's television service both before and after the Second World War.
  • Matt Haig Matt Haig
    Matt Haig is a British novelist and journalist. He has written both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults often in the speculative fiction genre.
  • Matthew Turner
    Matthew Turner, a Liverpool physician, is considered to be the author or co-author of the 1782 pamphlet, Answer to Dr. Priestley's Letters to a Philosophical Unbeliever, the first published work of avowed atheism in Britain.
  • Matt Kirshen Matt Kirshen
    Matt Kirshen is a British comedian.
  • Matt Lucas Matt Lucas
    Matthew Richard Lucas is an English comedian, screenwriter, actor and singer, best known for his work with David Walliams in the television show Little Britain, as well as for his portrayals of the scorekeeping baby Georgie Dawes in the comedy panel game Shooting Stars and both Tweedle Dum and...
  • Matt Ridley Matt Ridley
    Matthew White Ridley, 5th Viscount Ridley, commonly known as Matt Ridley, is a British journalist and businessman. Ridley is best known for his writings on science, the environment, and economics.
  • Matt Smith (actor) Matt Smith (actor)
    Matthew Robert Smith is an English actor and voice actor. He is best known for his role as the 11th incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination in 2011.
  • Maureen Freely
    Maureen Freely is an American journalist, novelist, professor, and translator. She has worked on the Warwick Writing Programme since 1996.
  • Max Perutz Max Perutz
    Max Ferdinand Perutz was an Austrian-born British molecular biologist, who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with John Kendrew, for their studies of the structures of haemoglobin and myoglobin. He went on to win the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 1971 and the Copley Medal in 1979.
  • Michael Foot Michael Foot
    Michael Mackintosh Foot was a British Labour Party politician and man of letters. Foot began his career as a journalist, becoming editor of Tribune on several occasions, and the Evening Standard newspaper at the age of just 28.
  • Michael Parkinson Michael Parkinson
    Sir Michael Parkinson is an English broadcaster, journalist and author. He is best known for presenting his long-running television talk show, Parkinson, from 1971 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2007, as well as other talk shows and programmes both in the UK and internationally.
  • Michael Samuels (academic)
    Michael Louis Samuels was a British historical linguist, responsible for the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Michael Tippett Michael Tippett
    Sir Michael Kemp Tippett was an English composer who rose to prominence during and immediately after the Second World War. In his lifetime he was sometimes ranked with his contemporary Benjamin Britten as one of the leading British composers of the 20th century.
  • Mick Aston Mick Aston
    Michael Antony Aston, FSA was an English archaeologist who specialised in Early Medieval landscape archaeology. Over the course of his career, he lectured at both the University of Bristol and University of Oxford and published fifteen books on archaeological subjects.
  • Mike Carey (writer) Mike Carey (writer)
    Mike Carey is a British writer of comic books, novels, and films.
  • Mike Dickin Mike Dickin
    Robert Michael "Mike" Dickin, was an English radio DJ, best known as the late-night host on the radio station talkSPORT.
  • Miriam Karlin Miriam Karlin
    Miriam Karlin, OBE was an English actress whose career lasted for more than 60 years. She was best known for her role as Paddy in The Rag Trade, a 1960s BBC and 1970s LWT sitcom, and in particular for the character's catchphrase "Everybody out!".
  • Mitch Benn Mitch Benn
    Mitchell John Benn is an English musician, comedian and author known for his comedy rock songs performed on BBC radio. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's satirical programme The Now Show, and has hosted other radio shows.
  • Mitchell Symons
    Mitchell Symons is a British journalist and writer. Born in London, he was educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE where he studied Law. Since leaving the BBC, where he was a researcher and director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist.
  • Mo Mowlam Mo Mowlam
    Marjorie Mowlam was an English Labour Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament for Redcar from 1987 to 2001 and served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
  • Nadia Sawalha
    Nadia Sawalha is an English actress and television presenter best known for her role as Annie Palmer in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders from 1997 to 1999.
  • Nicholas Humphrey Nicholas Humphrey
    Nicholas Keynes Humphrey is an English psychologist, based in Cambridge, who is known for his work on the evolution of human intelligence and consciousness. His interests are wide-ranging.
  • Nicholas Winton Nicholas Winton
    Sir Nicholas George Winton was a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport.
  • Nick Cohen Nick Cohen
    Nicholas Cohen is a British journalist, author and political commentator. He is a columnist for The Observer, a blogger for The Spectator and TV critic for Standpoint magazine. He has written for the London Evening Standard and the New Statesman.
  • Nick Frost Nick Frost
    Nicholas John Frost is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer and author. He is best known for his work in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, consisting of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End, and the television comedy Spaced.
  • Nick Mason Nick Mason
    Nicholas Berkeley Mason is an English drummer, best known as a founder member of progressive rock group Pink Floyd.
  • Nick Palmer Nick Palmer
    Nicholas Douglas Palmer is a British politician, translator and computer scientist. He was the Member of Parliament for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire from 1997 until he lost the seat at the 2010 general election to Conservative Anna Soubry, by 390 votes.
  • Nicolas Walter
    Nicolas Hardy Walter was a British anarchist and atheist writer, speaker and activist. He was a member of the Committee of 100 and Spies for Peace, and wrote on topics of anarchism and humanism.
  • Nigella Lawson Nigella Lawson
    Nigella Lucy Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer. She is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa Lawson, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. food and catering business.
  • Nigel Short Nigel Short
    Nigel David Short is an English chess grandmaster, chess columnist, chess coach and chess commentator. Short earned the Grandmaster title at the age of 19, and was ranked third in the world by FIDE from January 1988 to July 1989.
  • Oliver Sacks Oliver Sacks
    Oliver Wolf Sacks, CBE, FRCP was a British neurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and author. Born in Great Britain, and mostly educated there, he spent his career in the United States. He believed that the brain is the "most incredible thing in the universe."
  • Oliver Smithies Oliver Smithies
    Oliver Smithies was a British-born American geneticist and physical biochemist.
  • Oliver Sykes Oliver Sykes
    Oliver "Oli" Scott Sykes is an English musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Bring Me the Horizon. He also founded the apparel company Drop Dead clothing. Sykes has also created the graphic novel Raised By Raptors with Drop Dead Clothing artist Ben Ashton-Bell.
  • Pat Condell Pat Condell
    Patrick Condell is a writer, polemicist, and former stand-up comedian. In his early career he wrote and performed in alternative comedy shows during the 1980s and 1990s in London, winning the Time Out Comedy Award in 1991.
  • Patrick Bateson Patrick Bateson
    Sir Patrick Gordon Bateson, was an English biologist and science writer. Bateson was a professor of ethology at the University of Cambridge and president of the Zoological Society of London.
  • Patrick Blackett
    Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, Baron Blackett was an English experimental physicist known for his work on cloud chambers, cosmic rays, and paleomagnetism, winning the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1948.
  • Paul Foot Paul Foot
    Paul Mackintosh Foot was a British investigative journalist, political campaigner, author, and long-time member of the Socialist Workers Party.
  • Paul Nurse Paul Nurse
    Sir Paul Maxime Nurse, is an English geneticist, former President of the Royal Society and Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute.
  • Paul Rose (British politician)
    Paul Bernard Rose was a British Labour Party politician and a leading campaigner against the politics of the National Front.
  • Paul Sinha Paul Sinha
    Supriya Kumar "Paul" Sinha is a British doctor, comedian, broadcaster and quiz player of Indian descent.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric poets in the English language, and one of the most influential.
  • Peter Atkins Peter Atkins
    Peter William Atkins is an English chemist and former Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Lincoln College. He is a prolific writer of popular chemistry textbooks, including Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Molecular Quantum Mechanics.
  • Peter Brearey
    Peter Leslie Brearey was a British secularist, socialist, and journalist.
  • Peter D. Mitchell Peter D. Mitchell
    Peter Dennis Mitchell, FRS was a British biochemist who was awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his discovery of the chemiosmotic mechanism of ATP synthesis.
  • Peter Haden-Guest, 4th Baron Haden-Guest
    Peter Albert Michael Haden-Guest, 4th Baron Haden-Guest, was a British United Nations diplomat and member of the British House of Lords.
  • Peter Higgs Peter Higgs
    Peter Ware Higgs is a British theoretical physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh, and Nobel Prize laureate for his work on the mass of subatomic particles.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies Peter Maxwell Davies
    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies was an English composer and conductor. In 2004 he was made Master of the Queen's Music.
  • Peter Millican Peter Millican
    Peter Millican is Gilbert Ryle Fellow and Professor of Philosophy at Hertford College, University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. His primary interests include the philosophy of David Hume, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, epistemology, and moral philosophy.
  • Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett
    Peter Robert Henry Mond, 4th Baron Melchett, also known as Peter Melchett, son of the British Steel Corporation Chairman Sir Julian Mond and Sonia Melchett, was educated at Eton and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he read Law.
  • Peter Purves Peter Purves
    Peter Purves is an English television presenter and actor. He played Steven Taylor in Doctor Who during the era of the First Doctor, a role he continues to portray in audio dramas for Big Finish Productions, and later became a presenter on the BBC children's programme Blue Peter for eleven years.
  • Peter Robbins (author)
    Peter Robbins is a British author whose published works include Stolen Fruit and a range of specialist books on related topics including precious metals markets, tropical commodity markets, trade sanctions, access to market information, and on support for rural communities.
  • Peter Tatchell Peter Tatchell
    Peter Gary Tatchell is a British human rights campaigner, originally from Australia, best known for his work with LGBT social movements.
  • Philip Jeays Philip Jeays
    Philip Jeays is a British singer-songwriter. He writes and performs songs in a style close to the tradition of French chanson but in the English language. His main influences are Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel and English singer-songwriter and poet Jake Thackray.
  • Philippa Foot
    Philippa Ruth Foot, FBA was a British philosopher, most notable for her works in ethics. She was one of the founders of contemporary virtue ethics, inspired by the ethics of Aristotle.
  • Philip Pullman Philip Pullman
    Philip Pullman CBE, FRSL is an English novelist. He is the author of several best-selling books, most notably the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials and the fictionalised biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.
  • Phillip Whitehead Phillip Whitehead
    Phillip Whitehead was a British Labour politician, television producer and writer.
  • Phil Mason
    Philip E. Mason is a British videoblogger who posts YouTube videos criticizing creationism, religion, pseudoscience and feminism, under the pseudonym Thunderf00t.
  • Quentin Skinner
    Quentin Robert Duthie Skinner is an intellectual historian.
  • Rachel Riley Rachel Riley
    Rachel Annabelle Riley is an English television presenter who currently co-presents the Channel 4 daytime puzzle show Countdown and its comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. A mathematics graduate, her television debut came when she joined Countdown at age 22.
  • Raheem Kassam
    Raheem Jamaludin Kassam is a British political activist and editor-in-chief of Breitbart News London, and a former chief adviser to UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage. Kassam contested the party's November 2016 leadership election before dropping out of the race on 31 October 2016.
  • Raymond Tallis Raymond Tallis
    Raymond C. Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist, cultural critic and a retired medical physician and clinical neuroscientist.
  • Richard Bartle Richard Bartle
    Richard Allan Bartle FBCS FRSA is a British writer, professor and game researcher, best known for being the co-creator of MUD1 and the author of the seminal Designing Virtual Worlds. He is one of the pioneers of the massively multiplayer online game industry.
  • Richard Carlile Richard Carlile
    Richard Carlile was an important agitator for the establishment of universal suffrage and freedom of the press in the United Kingdom.
  • Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins
    Clinton Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.
  • Richard Doll Richard Doll
    Sir William Richard Shaboe Doll was a British physiologist who became an epidemiologist in the 20th century, turning the subject into a rigorous science. He was a pioneer in research linking smoking to health problems.
  • Richard Francis Burton Richard Francis Burton
    Sir Richard Francis Burton was an English explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat.
  • Richard J. Roberts Richard J. Roberts
    Sir Richard John Roberts FRS is an English biochemist and molecular biologist. He was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Phillip Allen Sharp for the discovery of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing. He currently works at New England Biolabs.
  • Ricky Gervais Ricky Gervais
    Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, singer, and musician.
  • Ridley Scott Ridley Scott
    Sir Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer.
  • R. J. Hollingdale
    Reginald John "R. J." Hollingdale was best known as a biographer and a translator of German philosophy and literature, especially the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, G. C. Lichtenberg, and Schopenhauer.
  • Rob Buckman Rob Buckman
    Robert Alexander Amiel "Rob" Buckman was a British doctor of medicine, comedian and author, and president of the Humanist Association of Canada.
  • Robert Llewellyn Robert Llewellyn
    Robert Llewellyn is a British actor, comedian and writer best known as the mechanoid Kryten in the hit TV sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf and as a presenter of the TV engineering gameshow Scrapheap Challenge.
  • Robert Smith (musician) Robert Smith (musician)
    Robert James Smith is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band the Cure. He is the band's only constant member since its formation in 1976. He has also played guitar in the band Siouxsie and the Banshees.
  • Robert Taylor (Radical)
    Reverend Robert Taylor, was an early 19th-century Radical, a clergyman turned freethinker. His "Infidel home missionary tour" was an incident in Charles Darwin's education, leaving Darwin with a memory of "the Devil's Chaplain" as a warning of the dangers of dissent from Church of England doctrine.
  • Robin Ince Robin Ince
    Robin Ince is an English comedian, actor and writer. He is best known for presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox.
  • Robin Lane Fox Robin Lane Fox
    Robin James Lane Fox, FRSL is an English classicist, ancient historian and gardening writer known for his works on Alexander the Great. Lane Fox is an Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford and Reader in Ancient History, University of Oxford.
  • Roger Penrose Roger Penrose
    Sir Roger Penrose is an English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. He is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, as well as an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College.
  • Roger Waters Roger Waters
    George Roger Waters is an English singer, songwriter, bassist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Rick Wright, and guitarist, singer, and songwriter Syd Barrett.
  • Ross Noble Ross Noble
    Ross Markham Noble is an English stand-up comedian and actor from Cramlington, Northumberland. Noble rose to mainstream popularity through making appearances on British television, particularly interviews and on celebrity quiz shows such as Have I Got News for You.
  • Rowan Atkinson Rowan Atkinson
    Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, CBE, MSc is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean.
  • Roy Bailey (folk singer) Roy Bailey (folk singer)
    Roy Bailey MBE, is an English socialist folk singer. Colin Irwin from the music magazine Mojo said Bailey represents "the very soul of folk's working class ideals... a triumphal homage to the grass roots folk scene as a radical alternative to the mainstream music industry."
  • Ruth Picardie
    Ruth Nadine Picardie was an English journalist and editor.
  • Saiful Islam (professor)
    M Saiful Islam FRSC is a British materials chemist. He is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath and recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award.
  • Sara Pascoe
    Sara Pascoe is an English writer, stand-up comedian and actress.
  • Sargon of Akkad (YouTube)
    Carl Benjamin, also known as Sargon of Akkad in social media, is an English YouTube commentator, content creator and game developer. He is married, has two children and lives in Swindon.
  • Sargon of Akkad (YouTuber)
    Carl Benjamin, also known as Sargon of Akkad in social media, is an English YouTube commentator and game developer. He is married, has two children and lives in Swindon, in the UK.
  • Sean Lock Sean Lock
    Sean Lock is an English comedian and actor. He began his comedy career as a stand-up comedian, and won the British Comedy Award in 2000 in the category of Best Live Comic, and was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award.
  • Shappi Khorsandi Shappi Khorsandi
    Shaparak "Shappi" Khorsandi is a British comedian and author of Iranian origin. The daughter of the Iranian satirist and poet Hadi Khorsandi, she left Iran as a child following the Islamic Revolution. In January 2016, she became president of the British Humanist Association.
  • Sheila Jeffreys Sheila Jeffreys
    Sheila Jeffreys, an English expatriate in Australia, is best known as a lesbian feminist scholar and political activist, for her analysis of the history and politics of human sexuality in the UK, and for her controversial views on transsexuals.
  • Siân Berry Siân Berry
    Siân Rebecca Berry is an English politician and member of the Green Party of England and Wales. From 2006 to 2007, she was one of the Green Party's Principal Speakers. She was the party's candidate in the 2008 London mayoral election, and again in the 2016 election, at which she came third.
  • Simon Critchley Simon Critchley
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    The Catholic Register
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    US slams allies for violating religious freedom
    He cited criminal penalties for apostasy, atheism, blasphemy, and insulting the Saudi state's interpretation of Islam, as well as attacks and discrimination targeting Shia Muslims. The kingdom follows the Sunni Muslim Wahhabi school of Islam. The ...
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  • The National
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  • The Pathway
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    The Pathway
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  • Patheos (blog)
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  • Patheos (blog)
    Why Aren't More Atheist Groups Speaking Out Against Trump's DACA Decision?
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    When Donald Trump announced that he was planning to rescind DACA protections, throwing the fate of 800,000 children of immigrants into the hands of a Republican-led Congress, I'll admit I wasn't sure how many atheist groups would say anything about it.
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  • Growth of 'no religion' among Brits ominous for US
    The survey by the National Centre for Social Research reveals that 53 percent of the English describe themselves as having "no religion" – and among those 18 to 24 years old, the percentage rose to a shocking 71. ... "It's not that these people are ...
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    That being said: I've not seen any writers consistently and professionally write about secular humanism from a Hispanic point of view (in English), despite the advent of numerous writers and activists talking about atheism, agnosticism, free-thought ...
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  • Patheos (blog)
    Secretary of State Says Atheists, Too, Are Victims of Religious Persecution
    Patheos (blog)
    The government does not recognize the right of non-Muslims to practice their religion in public and applied criminal penalties, including prison sentences, lashings, and fines, for apostasy, atheism, blasphemy, and insulting the state's interpretation ...
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  • Moses Mendelssohn's Hebrew politics
    OUPblog (blog)
    We know all too well that religion can beget hatred and violence, and Mendelssohn himself famously expressed doubts about the civic potential of atheists. ... He has also published some of the first English translations of Mendelssohn's Hebrew writings.
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